Climate Adaptation

    The Sonoma County Water Agency is a regional leader in water resources management. The Water Agency strives to look forward, beyond today's issues, to anticipate ways to advance its mission. One of the most critical aspects of this mission is planning for, and ensuring, the long-term reliability and resilience of our water supply, wastewater collection and reuse facilities, and flood control systems. Climate variability and climate change are significant drivers influencing the future reliability of these systems. The Water Agency is developing a forward-looking climate adaptation plan to serve as a roadmap for the Water Agency's assessment of climate risks and potential adaptation strategies related to its water supply, sanitation, and flood control infrastructure and operations. 

    As part of these efforts, CH2M has developed a draft work plan (Work Plan) for the development of the Water Agency's Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (Climate Adaptation Plan). The adaptation plan will serve to guide the Water Agency in terms of prioritizing and allocating resources towards practices and projects that will improve resiliency of its operations and facilities to climate variability and change. The Work Plan is intended to outline the overall approach for completion of the vulnerability assessment and to guide the development of the adaptation plan.

    Reports:

    Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Work Plan (PDF, 4.5MB)

    Related press releases:

    Climate Adaptation Roadmap to Tackle Future Climate Change Impacts on Water Agency Water Supply, Flood Control and Sanitation Facilities
    August 31, 2016 

     News articles:

    Sonoma County preparing for critical climate changes
    Press Democrat, 9/4/16